Mazars announces 10 new Partners across UK

11 October 2019 Consultancy.uk

International consulting and accounting firm Mazars has appointed 10 new UK Partners. Five of the appointments are from within the firm, while three professionals arrive at Mazars from its recent acquisition of Hall Liddy.

Earlier in 2019, Mazars reported its ninth successive year of revenue growth and sixth of profit before tax growth in the UK. The firm’s overall revenue increased from £173.6 million to £181.4 million, representing 4.5% growth. Operating profit was £33.5 million, a 3.7% increase over the previous financial year.

As the firm looks to continue building on its buoyant economic performance into a new decade, Mazars has appointed 10 new Partners across its British wing. Five of these have been promoted from within the business, coming from the audit, consulting, restructuring and financial planning wings of Mazars’ UK locations. Three Partners have joined as part of the acquisition of Hall Liddy, the leading healthcare accounting firm in the North-West, and the firm has also secured the services of two experienced specialists from competitors in recent months.

Commenting on the swathe of appointments, Senior Partner Phil Verity remarked, “Our ambitious plans are built on a foundation of nurturing talent throughout the organisation and ensuring that we reward our high performers, while identifying and attracting individuals with the skills and approach to help drive our business. These promotions represent the breadth of experience, entrepreneurial outlook and focus on clients to which we all aspire: I am proud to welcome these talented and dedicated people to the partnership. We look forward to announcing further partner appointments in the coming weeks.”

Matthew Carter, Leila Kamdem-Fotso, Neil Strong, Karen Murray and Andy Springford

Matt Carter becomes a Partner in Restructuring Services, having been a key player in Mazars’ National Bankruptcy Centre in recent years, while latterly focusing on growing the wider Restructuring Services business unit. Primarily based in Gloucester, Carter specialises in personal insolvency assignments and is a leading appointment taker in the bankruptcy market.

Leila Kamdem-Fotso is now a Partner in financial services consulting, having joined Mazars in Paris in 2005 as a Junior Associate in banking consulting. She transferred to Mazars’ London office in 2012, and became Head of Portfolio Solutions in the sector, advising banks on credit risk, non-performing loans management and climate risk. She will continue to contribute to the development and management of client relationships.

Neil Strong joined Mazars in 2014, and has developed the Mazars’ client base across Scotland, attracting numerous new clients to the firm via his network in the local market and provision of bespoke tax planning solutions. Strong becomes a Partner in tax for Mazars, based in the firm’s Glasgow office, and he will focus upon building further momentum in the local market, increasing recognition of Mazars in the region.

Karen Murray has been with Mazars since 2018, joining its Manchester office to work on delivering public sector external audit contracts in the North West. She has since built a highly respected team and is establishing the firm’s reputation as a major supplier to the public sector market in the region. Murray becomes a Partner in the firm’s public sector audit division, which focuses on central and local government, the NHS and the not-for-profit sector. 

Andy Springford is a former graduate hire of Mazars, having first joined the firm in 2008. He has quickly moved through the ranks since then, and has spent the last six years developing the firm’s financial planning offering in the south of the country. Springford is now a Partner in the financial planning wing of Mazars.

Max Bark, Clive Fathers, Des Liddy, Andrew Pow and Melanie Thomas

Max Bark has joined Mazars from Big Four firm EY, as a Partner in audit and assurance. He brings more than 20 years of experience providing audit and assurance services to the role. He has worked with a wide range of banks and financial institutions in London, New York and Buenos Aires, and will now focus upon further growing Mazars’ banking audit practice along with a strong emphasis on continuously improving audit quality.

Clive Fathers meanwhile arrives from Mazars’ mid-tier rival Grant Thornton. As a Partner in tax, he will lead a team of 50 subject matter specialists across the UK, with a remit covering immigration and global mobility advisory services, employment taxes, reward, tax risk, assurance and investigations services. Fathers has a proven track record of growing high performing teams and will focus on building out these services from the core capabilities that he has inherited.

Des Liddy is one of three Partners to arrive from Hall Liddy. Specialising in healthcare consulting, Liddy co-founded Hall Liddy, and built the medical accounting firm in the North West. In almost three decades of experience as a specialist accountant covering both the medical and legal sectors, Liddy has built an extensive network of clients across the healthcare and legal sectors, as well as providing advice for retired and high-net-worth individuals.

Andrew Pow similarly arrives from Hall Liddy, and specialises in appraising the performance of GP practices, changes in GP structures, and the NHS pension scheme. He is a member of the AISMA board and a leading commentator on healthcare issues. As a Partner in healthcare, he brings more than 20 years of experience to the firm.

Melanie Thomas is a former Director at Hall Liddy, and has joined the Partnership with over 20 years’ experience in medical accounting. Thomas combines a specialist knowledge of the healthcare sector with a background in mergers and acquisitions. In addition to managing services for a range of GP practices, she also has expertise in GP federations, practice mergers and restructuring. Thomas is also involved in providing financial training for GP registrars.


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